Tesla reveals pricing for solar roof as order books open

14 May, 2017, 02:14 | Author: Celia Hoffman
  • Tesla's stylish new solar roof expects to cost less than a traditional roof

Tesla is now accepting deposits for its new solar roof system, offering an "infinity" warranty for tiles that integrate solar power into roof coverings.

Tesla recently began to accept orders on its innovative Solar Roof product.

Solar roof panels from popular company Tesla are now available for pre-order after CEO Elon Musk originally said they would be ready to order in April.

Through its acquisition of SolarCity, Tesla has now access to thousands of installers, but there are significant differences between installing solar panels and a whole roof. The roof is made of tempered glass that contains solar cells. Solar and the ability to store energy has become one of the primary focuses of Tesla and is right up there with its electric vehicle aspirations.

For a two-story house in Raleigh, N.C., with 2,467 square feet - the median size of a new USA home, according to recent Census Bureau data - the upfront cost of replacing a roof with the solar tile system comes to $46,400, according to Tesla's online tool. As of Wednesday, customers worldwide could order a solar roof on Tesla's web site.

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Tesla says that its SolarCity subsidiary will begin installing the first systems in California in June and will then spread to other areas.

Pricing will vary depending on where you live (due to subsidies on offer) and the design of your house. The U.S. would see deployment of the panels this year while those overseas will have to wait until next year. The visually-impressive roof comes in four versions: smooth or textured glass, slate, and a Tuscan-style terra cotta. Tesla expects the costs to pay off over 30 years.

The Tesla Solar Roof is created to complement a home's architecture while turning sunlight into electricity. CTO JB Straubel said that they used their experience of manufacturing connectors in their electric cars while building these solar roof tiles.

Tesla will manufacture the tiles at its solar factory in Buffalo, New York. Bt if we look at the report announced by GTM, the second half of 2016 has not been very good for United States solar companies and shown a decline.


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